Working smoke alarms are being credited with saving the lives of four people in St. Peters from a fire on April 2 in the 100 block of Hollow Creek Drive.
Three adults and a 3-year-old child were in the house when the alarms went off. They immediately evacuated the house and called 911. Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) responded to the house fire call at 9:22 a.m.
“When our team arrived on the scene there was heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage. The working smoke alarms gave the family the time to escape before it was too late,” said CCFR Chief Russ Mason.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than half of all home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.
“When escaping a house fire seconds can be the difference between life and death. Working smoke alarms give you those extra seconds. This family did everything right, and it may have saved their lives,” Mason said.
At presstime, the CCFR fire investigation team was working to determine the cause of the fire, which caused more than $60,000 in damage to the home.